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Here's what's happening at this year's West Waterford Festival of Food

The festival takes place from the 16th to 19th April.

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Sustainability is set to a big focus for this year’s West Waterford Festival of Food which takes place from the 16th to 19th April.

Now in its 13th year, over 35,000 visitors are expected to flock to the West Waterford region for the 2020 festival. There will be over 100 free and ticketed events, including over 40 family-friendly activities, happening over the four days.

The theme of this year’s festival is sustainably Irish. Speaking at the festival’s programme launch, Festival Director Gemma Tipton said: “Sustainability is a big focus for us, and we want to shine a light on being Sustainably Irish — what those involved in the festival do, how they do it and what impact they have on society and the environment.”

Some of the highlights in this year’s festival include a great house dinner with renowned chef Eunice Power at Woodhouse Estate in Stradbally and a Japanese feast in The Tannery Restaurant courtesy head chef of Michelin-starred Ichigo Ichie, Takashi Miyazaki. Zero waste chef Conor Spacey will be creating a FoodCloud meal made with surplus food at The 2 Sisters Restaurant, while Waterford Castle head chef Luis H Martin will be heading up the kitchen at Dromana House.

The festival market will be Quayside on Saturday 18th April, and focuses on celebrating Dungarvan’s marine heritage. On Saturday 19th, it moves to Grattan Square, with over 100 local and artisan producers.

New events for this year include a picnic river cruise,  a Gatsby-inspired feast marking 100 years since prohibition, and the rediscovery of the art of table talk through canapés by Jess Murphy of Kai Galway. Josh Sutton aka the Guyrope Gourmet, will host a masterclass on making feasts in small spaces; Cliff House Hotel sommelier Audrey Biraud will reveal which salty snacks work with which wines and there will be a vegan cooking demo from 360 Cookhouse’s executive chef Greg Harris.  

For more info or to purchase tickets (which go on sale on 18th March) go to the official site